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La Cueva, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

Elevation 7890 ft

Winter Snow, Summer Perfect


Special Alert…effective 8:00 am Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Santa Fe National Forest has implemented stage 2 fire restrictions banning fires and charcoal grills. Detailed information here…



State of the Jemez Mountains…May 30, 2020


*Fenton Lake State Park (probably the most popular Jemez destination) remains closed to the public for all activities. No camping, no day use, no fishing, no hiking. Please do not attempt to go onto park grounds…you will be cited. You might contact the managing agency for questions or concerns.

*All hot springs are now open to the public.

* There is a high fire danger and stage 2 fire restrictions are in place. No campfires or charcoal grills. 

* FR 376 a popular dispersed camping area is now open effective Friday, May 29th. FR 10 remains closed.

*Fishing right now is not good. However, Rio San Antonio and the Jemez River were both stocked on May 20th.

* All improved forest service campgrounds remain closed.

*All picnic areas are now open.








***Wood permits are no longer being issued for wood cutting in the Santa Fe National Forest. Wood gathering will resume in the spring, usually around mid-April.



***Important Forest Road Update*** 

 The following  forest roads within the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District, are now open for public use…FR144, FR376, FR 378 (Barley Canyon), FR 314 (north from the fish hatchery), and FR 289 (Dome Road). Additionally, NM Hwy 126 has been graded and is now open to through traffic all the way to Cuba. These forest roads and public lands are used by visitors and locals alike for camping, hiking, turkey and shed hunting, wood gathering and cattle grazing. Please remember that  fire restrictions are still in place. And please, please respect the forest and pick up after yourselves. Pack it in…pack it home.


 For up to date fire information … 


Rain Yesterday… .39

Year To Date… 2.77


Rain Total 2019…14.70

Rain Total 2018…15.81

Rain Total 2017…11.73″

Rain Total 2016…12.05″

Rain Total 2015… 20.90″


Snow Yesterday… 0

Season To Date… 0


Snow Total 2019/20…66″

Snow Total 2018/19…110″

Snow Total 2017/18…35″

Snow Total 2016/17…96″  

Snow Total 2015/16…97″ 

 Snow Total 2014/15…85″

Snow Total 2013/14…26″


Snow Total 2011/12…96″

Snow Total 2010/11…98″

Rachel Larson Shows Off a New Sweatshirt From Amanda’s…New Designs and Colors In Stock Now

Yesterday’s High…76

This Morning’s Low… 41

Today… PM Shower Possible




*****Spring Camping Opportunities*****  Forest Service roads (144, 376, 378 and 289) are now open for dispersed camping and other recreational activities. FR 10 remains closed.  Vista Linda Campground usually open year-round is now closed due to COVID-19 concerns. All other Forest Service campgrounds within the SFNF-Jemez Ranger District remain closed for the season and are tentatively scheduled to reopen in May. Fenton Lake State Park is totally closed to the public due to COVID-19 concerns.  Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store is open 363 1/2 days a year….closing on Christmas Day and a half day on Thanksgiving. Our summer hours are 8:30 am to 8:00 pm every day. Amanda’s Country Store is essential to our community and will remain open during the COVID-19 crisis.

*****CURRENT FIRE DANGER***** VERY HIGH——————————– As Wednesday, May 20, 2020 the fire danger within the Santa fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District, has been rated as VERY HIGHEffective April 14, 2020 Santa Fe National Forest and Sandoval County have issued burn bans. SFNF has increased to Stage 2  fire restrictions effective May 20, 2020. 


*****CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS***** You may reserve campground space at both Jemez Falls and San Antonio Campgrounds at the following webpage:   https:/  Forest Service Campgrounds remain closed for the season.


*****WATER ALERT*****  If you are planning to camp the Jemez any time of the year, please fill up your water tanks in your campers and RVs prior to coming to the Jemez. There are limited opportunities here in the Jemez.


*****THE NEW LICENSE YEAR*****   began on April 1, 2020. Licenses are now available for purchase from Amanda’s, all license vendors or on-line. A new fishing license is required to fish in the State of New Mexico. License fees remain the same… $35 for an adult resident and $11 for a junior (age 12-17)  resident. Kids (11 and under) fish free as do adults over the age of 70. There is a senior license for those age 65-69 for $18. All fees listed above include the required habitat stamps. NMDGF is now offering discounted licenses for New Mexico resident veterans and active duty military. Licenses are available at Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store or you can purchase your license online at Amanda’s also stocks a full line of bait and tackle.  


*****ROAD CONDITIONS*****  State Hwy 126 is now open to through traffic effective Monday, April 27th. There is eight miles of unpaved highway in the middle of 40 mile journey to Cuba to the west that can be difficult when wet. Use caution. 


*****CAMPGROUNDS***** Campgrounds are open as follows.

Vista Linda Campground…Closed as of March 20, 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns.

Redondo Campground… Closed  For Season

Jemez Falls Campground… Closed For Season

San Antonio Campground… Closed For Season

Paliza Campground.…Closed For Season

Fenton Lake State Park….the State Park is closed to all activities due to COVID-19 concerns effective Monday, March 16, 2020.

Spanish Queen Picnic Area….Open Battleship Rock Picnic Area…Open La Cueva Picnic Area….Open Jemez Falls Picnic Area….Open Spence Hot Spring Access and Parking Area….Open  Dark Canyon Fishing Access….Open, Rincon Fishing Access….Open, River’s Bend Fishing Access…Open, Las Casitas Fishing Access…Open, The Bluffs Fishing Access…Open, San Diego Fishing Access…Open, La Junta Fishing Access…Open. Fishing on the lower Jemez is good throughout the spring and early summer and can be accessed many places other than the Forest Service parking areas. Trails….Forest Service Trailhead Parking areas Las Conchas and East Fork Trail 137….Portions Closed. Trails are open for public use, including trails to Jemez Falls, McCauley Warm Spring, Spence Hot Spring and San Antonio Hot Spring.

  *****FIRE RESTRICTIONS*****  Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District has issued a campfire ban effective April 14, 2020 through June 30, 2020 or until rescinded. (this fire ban is COVID related). Fire danger is rated as VERY HIGH.

  *****AMANDA’S***** Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store, located at the junction of Hwy 4 and 126 (the turnoff to Fenton Lake), is open from 8:30am till 8:00 pm everyday. (summer hours)